Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. (PLAY) Update: Steady Progress


Analysts say that Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. (PLAY) might recover by the end of this year. The company’s performance has been below its 2019 level so far, but visitors are eager to return.

The entertainment centre is a complex with a food hall, a bar, and slot machines owned by Dave and Buster’s Entertainment. This entertainment centre is like a cross between an entertainment centre and a restaurant where adults and children can spend the whole day together. Management at Dave & Buster’s Entertainment sees the potential for entertainment as their main competitive advantage and plans to continue improving the business in this direction.

While the Coronavirus period was in full swing, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment could not fully operate since its gaming businesses could not be “sold” online or taken away. However, visitors have begun to return to the company’s centres. Thus, the company exceeded Wall Street’s revenue expectations in the first quarter. Among the factors that led to this was increased customer traffic in key markets such as New York and California. Due to this, sales in the first quarter were 66 % higher than a year earlier but almost 30 % lower than in 2019.

In addition, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) continues to reduce its costs, which includes maintaining games. Consequently, operating income for the last quarter was consistently positive. The operating margin was 14% of sales, up from 16% in 2019. Over time, management should be able to improve the 2019 results once revenues start to rise again.

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has already released some preliminary data for the current second quarter. The company highlighted that the like-for-like sales were only 4% below the level of 2019. Consequently, sales may not only resume but may actually grow more than they did before the pandemic. With a solid financial foundation and many resources, the network has successfully weathered the crisis and can channel these resources towards development initiatives.

At the last market check, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) shares were trading at $41.89, rising 1.58% from the previous day. PLAY closed the previous session at $41.24. Stock volume totalled 1.17 million shares, which was higher than the average daily volume of 1.38 million shares during the previous 50 days. PLAY shares moved down -8.56% over the past week, with a gain of 150.31% over the last 12 months. A stock’s value has increased 74.03% over the past six months but has declined 10.01% over the past three months. It has a market capitalization of $2.06 billion, and its outstanding shares stood at 47.70 million.


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